Week 15 FanDueling

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Before we move on to Week 15, let’s take a look at the results from Week 14:


I fell nearly 30 points from last week, but it was still the second best week I’ve had this season. I finished in the top half of every contest I entered, doubling my money in each. The last few weeks have taught me a very valuable lesson: gambling has no downside.

(Oh, right, this is a “game of skill,” not gambling. I forgot.)

I’m on a bit of a hot streak, so I’m patiently awaiting it all to come crashing down on top of me. It’s been a while since I’ve had a bad week. I’m due.

It looked like I was headed that way last week, until Le’Veon Bell morphed into Godzilla and dropped 44.5 on the Bengals. Beckham was a machine, and he was close to making his day even more special. Russell Wilson kept his streak alive, now having scored a rushing touchdown against every NFC East team this season. And I got extremely lucky with C.J. Anderson, who scored three touchdowns despite gaining only 58 yards.

Kenny Stills was quite a disappointment, as he and the rest of the Saints overslept or something. Stills is always capable of that kind of performance, though. I was more disappointed in Antonio Gates. I thought he would do more against the Patriots. Can’t complain too much, though. I’m in the black again.

On to Week 15! Here’s the team I’m rolling with this week:

QB – Derek Anderson (TB@CAR) – $5,000

Originally, I had Matt Ryan penciled into this spot. He’s at home, and even Andy Dalton had success against the Steeler secondary.

As you can see, I changed my mind. First, Anderson is dirt cheap, because he wasn’t named the starter until after FanDuel salaries had been set. Second, the Julio Jones injury scares me. It seems like he won’t play, and if he does he’ll probably just be a decoy. That takes a huge bite out of my Matt Ryan excitement. I’ll bank on Anderson having a passable game, then stack my team elsewhere.

And, yes, if I do have a down week this week, I’ll have no one to blame but myself for having confidence in Anderson. Even if he does take this shit seriously.

Also considered: Ben Roethlisberger ($8,700) Matt Ryan ($7,900), Mark Sanchez ($7,500)

RB – Le’Veon Bell (PIT@ATL) – $9,600

Why yes, I would like another helping of Le’Veon Bell. He’s probably the top fantasy running back in the league, and he’s going against an NFC South defense. It’s a bit of a risk because of his high price, but it’s worth it due to his high ceiling and high floor.

RB – Latavius Murray (OAK@KC) – $6,500

I’ve chosen Derek Anderson at quarterback and a member of the Raiders’ backfield! I’ve gone mad!

Well, that may be true. But Murray was the clear workhorse last week against San Francisco, as the Raiders may finally be giving up on Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. It only took them about six weeks longer than everyone else to figure it out.

I’m not saying he’ll repeat his ridiculous stat line from their first meeting (4 carries, 112 yards, 2 TD’s) but he should be getting most of the carries against a team that has given up 1,778 rushing yards (31st in the league) and 4.9 yards per carry (tied for 32nd) this season.

Also considered – DeMarco Murray ($9,300), Matt Forte ($9,000), Arian Foster ($8,900), Isaiah Crowell ($6,500) Chris Johnson ($5,300), Chris Ivory ($5,200)

WR – Antonio Brown (PIT@ATL) – $9,100

I’m expecting a shootout, and Antonio Brown should be a beneficiary of that. He’s a consistent option with a high ceiling. There’s also a decent chance he is absolutely dominant, as the Falcons have given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers.

WR – Odell Beckham Jr. (WAS@NYG) – $8,500

Odell Beckham was sent back in time to kill John Connor. He also plays football occasionally, and he’s going against a team that might have completely checked out. I might have paid over $1,000 more for Beckham this week. I think he’s going to do unholy things.

WR – Marquess Wilson (NO@CHI) – $4,500

Wilson is a boom/bust play this week, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m spending money on a player with such a low salary. He could go off against the horrendous Saints.

Also considered: T.Y. Hilton ($8,800), Alshon Jeffery ($8,400), Roddy White ($7,000), Kenny Stills ($6,100), Marqise Lee ($5,800)

TE – Martellus Bennett (NO@CHI) – $6,200

I love Bennett this week. He’s been a target monster over the last few weeks, and he was a target monster early in the season when Brandon Marshall was hobbled. Now Marshall is out, and Bennett is red-hot. What’s not to love?

Also considered: Delanie Walker ($5,300)

K – Justin Tucker (JAX@BAL) – $5,000

He’s facing the Jaguars. That is all.

Also considered: None

D – Seattle Seahawks (SF@SEA) – $5,500

Splurged for the Seahawks this week, since they’re at home and facing a cold 49er offense. The Ravens were tempting, but their secondary problems scare me a little too much. The Seahawks had a good showing in San Francisco, and I see no reason why they won’t have another good showing at home.

Also considered: Baltimore Ravens ($5,300)


TOTAL – $59,900

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